A game of bowls

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A game of bowls about 1845
  • Scottish Art
Nineteenth-century photographs, be they portraits or scenic views, were generally constructed around a single focus of interest. In 'A game of bowls', Wood, not for the first time, was creating a decentralised composition where the eye of the viewer is allowed to wander from light to dark areas and back again. Whether this was an accident or a deliberate device, it makes the group of people appear much more natural than was usual for the time.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. PGP W 89
  • Medium Toned salt paper print from a calotype negative
  • Size 8.50 x 12.90 cm
  • Credit Presented by the Muir Wood family 1985